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  • Past and future meet in the present with naming of Poppy Meadows Extra Care scheme

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  • Past and future meet in the present with naming of Poppy Meadows Extra Care scheme

    £11.3 million Extra Care scheme designed to meet the future needs of its residents has retained a link to its past by reflecting the history of the community within its name.

    Representatives of the steering group at the Great Western Park Urban Extension development near Didcot opted to name the new Extra Care Living aspect Poppy Meadows, in recognition of the local medicinal opium field.

    The scheme will be delivered by Housing 21, the country’s leading provider of Retirement and Extra Care Living and will include 80 new apartments alongside communal facilities for people over the age of 55.

    Debbie Hope, Head of Development at Housing 21, said: “We are delighted that in building a scheme that focuses on what people will need in the future, we have not forgotten the history of the site and that is reflected in the name, Poppy Meadows. We always aspire to ensure our schemes retain strong links to the community and this is a great way to embed the development right from the beginning.

    “Poppy Meadows will be a modern Extra Care scheme which will allow over 55s to live independently in their home, with the reassurance that if and when care is needed, there will be an on-site Care Team available 24/7 to offer tailored support. We are looking forward to progressing with the development and welcoming our first residents to their new home from early 2023.”

    The development on land at Greenwood Way is expected to be completed in December 2022 and has received funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal. The first residents are expected to move in from January 2023.

    The name Poppy Meadows was chosen from a list of suggestions put forward by Housing 21, with representations from the local authorities, Oxfordshire Commissioning Groups and contractors voting for their favourite. In addition, all of the local street names are associated with flowers and trees.

    Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’re excited to add our support for the new homes as part of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.  The building of 80 new apartments at Poppy Meadows shows that we’re delivering on our commitment to help provide affordable homes for local people.  We look forward to welcoming residents and their pets moving in, and becoming part of the Vale of White Horse and Great Western Park community in early 2023.”

    The scheme will be available to people over the age of 55 and of modest means, with 60 apartments available for social rent and a further 20 available for shared ownership. There will also be on-site communal facilities including a café/ bistro, hair salon and communal lounge for use by residents and the local community.

    Poppy Meadows has been designed to be centred around an open internal courtyard providing an open green space for residents to enjoy, with three linked blocks arranged around it for the apartments and communal spaces.

    The project was secured by Midlands’ developer Deeley Construction via the Homes England DPP3 (Delivery Partner Panel) framework and will be built to BREEAM Very Good standard.

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction, said: “We are pleased to be continuing to strengthen our partnership with Housing 21 by working on this development at Didcot and nearing completion of the Willow Gardens development in Chipping Norton.

    “Our on-site team has been working with the project team and local community to minimise disruption to the local area, on what is a logistically challenging site. This approach of regular communication and working in partnership has ensured that the build programme remains on track.”

    For more information on Poppy Meadows or other Extra Care Living schemes provided by Housing 21, visit www.housing21.org.uk

    Picture caption (Left to right): Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21; Graham Hill, Site Manager at Deeley Construction; Morgan Richards, Construction Project Manager at Housing 21; Stephen May from Affordable Housing at Vale of White Horse District Council; Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council; Martin Gallagher, Managing Director at Deeley Construction; Cllr Judy Roberts, Cabinet member for Development and Infrastructure at Vale of White Horse District Council; Emma Taylor, Housing Manager at Housing 21; Fiona Clarke, Extra Care Manager (South West) at Housing 21; Lisa Ord, Osbornes Quantity Surveyors; Jayne Bolton, from Infrastructure and Development, and Emma East from Communications at Vale of White Horse District Council.

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  • Commercial manager raises thousands in Sober October

    Deeley Group commercial manager Matt Lynch has raised more than £4,200 for cancer research by going sober for October – and received a helping hand from his local pub in the process.

    Matt has raised £4,286 for Macmillan Cancer Research and successfully conquered the booze-free Sober October challenge. The effort has seen him place fifth in the fundraising rankings out of the 34,217 people who took on the challenge.

    He received donations from family, friends and colleagues at Midlands-based developer the Deeley Group – but it was his local pub, the Four Provinces, which provided the biggest fundraising boost.

    The Four Provinces in Spon End agreed to donate £20 every time Matt visited the pub and didn’t order an alcoholic drink, which resulted in a total of £600 being donated over the course of the month.

    Matt has seen mental and physical health benefits from giving up drinking, including losing a stone and a half in 31 days, better sleeping patterns and reduced stress levels.

    His pint of choice is Guinness and despite giving the alcohol-free Guinness Zero a try during the month, Matt is looking forward to getting back to The Four Provinces for a pint of the black stuff.

    But Matt says he won’t return to his normal drinking habits after seeing the benefits of drinking less alcohol.

    Matt said: “I am completely overwhelmed to have raised this amount of money considering I am just a bloke that decided not to drink for a month.

    “The first week I would say was the most difficult because you are changing your habits. I could never be a hermit and wanted to see my friends at the pub, so when The Four Provinces agreed to donate every time I went into the pub that was a great excuse to go and socialise.

    “I have definitely seen benefits from not drinking. My sleep had been poor for quite a while but now I am sleeping soundly for six to eight hours a night.

    “Also, whilst my mental health has always been quite good I have noticed a massive improvement in motivation and feeling fresh in my mind which has lead me to exercise more and generally feel better.

    “I have managed to lose a stone and a half in 31 days. I always used to think my younger brother had a better metabolism than me – turns out he just didn’t drink as much!

    “This has taught me that I don’t have to have a drink just because I’ve gone to the pub and I do think I will cut my consumption down now.

    “The most important thing was that after two weeks my mental health improved so I would urge anybody that is feeling a touch stressed that the option of no drinking for a bit is a great option.”

    PICTURE CAPTION: From left to right – Alex Cearins (Four Provinces owner), Matt Lynch and Christy Brown (bar manager).

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  • Lidl store opens in Hamstead

    Lidl GB opened its new supermarket on Old Walsall Road in Hamstead for the first time on Thursday November, 4. The new store replaces the current one on the same road.

    Opening times for the new store will be between 8am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, delivering Lidl’s fresh, quality and great value produce to the local community.

    Part of the discounter’s £1.3bn investment in its expansion across Great Britain in 2021 and 2022, the new store retains all of the existing colleagues from the previous Old Walsall Road store as well as creating nine additional roles for the local community.

    The new Lidl store has been completed by Midlands-based developer Deeley Construction and delivered to BREEAM Very Good Specification.

    The supermarket will feature a 1,410m2 sales area, a solar panelled roof as well as facilities including an instore bakery, customer toilet and improved welfare facilities for employees. Parking for both cars and bicycles will also be available, including two electric vehicle charging points.

    Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property, Iain Ross, said: “We would like to thank all those who have played a part in bringing our new store to Hamstead. It is great for us to be able to deliver an improved shopping experience for residents and we look forward to delivering even more of our high quality and affordable produce to the local area.”

    Managing Director of Deeley Construction, Martin Gallagher, added: “This is the latest in a line of developments we have delivered under the Lidl contractor framework and we are pleased to be strengthening our partnership with the major national retailer. Deeley Construction has a proud history of delivering purpose-built projects of this type. There was a clear demand for a larger store in the area. It’s wonderful to see it now open and welcoming customers. It will be of great benefit to the community – especially with the store creating new jobs locally too.”

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  • Work starts on £5.4 million development in Bath

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  • Work starts on £5.4 million development in Bath

    Work is underway on a new £5.4 million development of student accommodation and flexible employment space on the Old Bakery site in Twerton, Bath.

    Midlands-based Deeley Construction has been appointed as the principal contractor for the development which will cater for the needs of both students and professionals in Bath.

    The site, on Jews Lane, has undergone significant enabling works over recent weeks but now the construction of the new buildings has begun.

    It will comprise of two new buildings, one which will house student accommodation and the other offering 5,000 sq ft of flexible open plan employment space.

    The student accommodation building will feature 63 flats, including a two-bedroom studio and a dedicated reception area. It will cater for the growing student population in Bath, particularly the significant number of international students attending both universities in the city.

    Planning permission was granted for the development in September 2019 and it is set to be completed in Summer 2022.

    The open plan employment space will be totally flexible, with the ability to be sub-divided to cater for a number of potential uses.

    Ross Chester, Development Manager for Deeley Freed Estates, said: “We are pleased to be able to progress this development after a challenging few months and look forward to delivering the high quality student accommodation and fully flexible workspace.

    “The enabling contract has been completed successfully, including working closely with Network Rail to ensure works around their embankment have been delivered safely.

    “We are now looking forward to working with Deeley Construction to ensure the development is ready for the student intake in Autumn 2022.”

    Martin Gallagher, Managing Director of Deeley Construction, added: “We’re pleased to be working again with our long-standing partners Deeley Freed Developments Ltd on this project and to extend our rich working history with the company.

    “This is a mixed development comprising residential and commercial space and we have been involved at an early stage to advise on fulfilling pre-commencement planning conditions.

    “As a trusted and respected Midlands developer, we are pleased to be expanding our footprint in Bath and our on-site team will ensure there is as little disruption as possible to the surrounding community for the duration of the project.

    “A key objective for the project is to provide new jobs for local people and work experience for students, so are working closely with the local authority and Bath College to deliver these targets.

    “It is a challenging site and we have been working closely with the client to reach a position where new-build construction can start on site. It’s fantastic to see work now underway.”

    PICTURE CAPTION:  Andrew Truswell (Box Twent), Ross Chester (Deeley Freed), Martin Gallagher (Deeley Construction) and Steve Turner (Deeley Construction).

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  • Show home opens at Willow Gardens

    Employees at Willow Gardens, a new Housing 21 Extra Care development on Russell Way, celebrated the official opening of its show home last week.

    Willow Gardens is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Chipping Norton and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development, under construction by Deeley Construction, will offer 80 one and two bedroom apartments for social rent and shared ownership.

    Willow Gardens has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed. It will offer people over the age of 55 a range of facilities including a communal lounge and gardens. An on-site hair salon and café/bistro for residents will also open to the public.

    The scheme has been developed with funding support from the Future Oxfordshire Partnership; in in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

    Susan Wells, New Homes Sales Manager and Emma Taylor, Housing Manager, both at Housing 21, were joined by Murry Barnett, Strategic Housing & Development Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council, and Cllr. Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire. Paul Marlow, Senior Site Manager at Deeley Construction and Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director, Deeley Group also attended to officially open the new show home.

    Lorraine Jenner, Regional Operations Manager at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to open this fantastic new show home and can’t wait to hear feedback from the local community.

    “Willow Gardens has been built with our residents in mind. The apartments are all fitted out with high quality kitchens, easily accessible mid-height ovens, raised power points and level-access showers, but they are also really stylish and modern. We’re can’t wait to start welcoming people to come and take a look around!

    Cllr Merilyn Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities in West Oxfordshire, said, “As part of our commitment to provide homes that people can afford in the district, this housing scheme is tailor-made for our older residents and to meet their needs. We are pleased that this development will soon be available for our residents.”

    Cllr Susan Brown, Chair of the Housing Advisory Group at Future Oxfordshire Partnership, said: “Oxfordshire is a very expensive place to live, so making sure that we are providing opportunities for people to find affordable options at all stages of their lives is vital. I welcome this development in Chipping Norton.”

    Eleanor Deeley, Deputy Managing Director at Deeley Group said: “This development is providing vital homes to address the needs of the community in Chipping Norton.

    “This is the first Extra Care scheme we have worked on in partnership with Housing 21 and is a fantastic, state-of-the-art development completed to the highest standards. We are proud to use our expertise in delivering Extra care schemes to address the housing requirements of the population in Oxfordshire.”

    Construction at the development is expected to complete in Winter 2022.

    For further information or to book a viewing, call the New Homes Team on 0345 608 4021 or email newhome@housing21.org.uk.

     

     

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  • Deeley Group wins CSR prize at regional awards

    Midlands-based developer Deeley Group has been recognised for the work the firm does in the community at a major regional business awards.

    The company came away from the 2021 CoventryLive Business Awards as winners of CSR Project of the Year, sponsored by Barclays.

    The award celebrates businesses going above and beyond in their corporate social responsibilities.

    Deeley Group’s win of the CSR Project of the Year prize was in recognition of the valuable work the business has done in the community in recent years and the development of charity events, including the successful Starley Sportive charity cycle ride.

    Other projects highlighted included a new kitchen for charity Steps for Change in Coventry, refurbishment of the Samaritans Centre in Earlsdon and new classrooms at St Patricks Primary School.

    The CoventryLive Business Awards saw hundreds of members of the business community come together to celebrate the successes of the region’s businesses over the past year.

    Winners were decided by a judging panel chaired by Marc Reeves, Midlands marketplace publisher for CoventryLive’s owner Reach plc. He was joined by Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s trade director Ajay Desai, CityFibre’s regional partnership director Leigh Hunt and Barclays’ business banking regional manager Kurt Pollard.

    The ceremony held at Coventry Building Society Arena was hosted by TV broadcaster and weather presenter Emma Jesson.

    Deputy managing director Eleanor Deeley was on hand to receive the award on stage at Coventry Building Society Arena and said it was recognition of the positive impact the company has made on local communities in recent years.

    She said: “Over the past 85 years, the Deeley Group has always looked to ensure it leaves a sustainable legacy in the communities it works in.

    “This ranges from working with local charities and schools, to standalone projects supporting important local causes and organisations.

    “We would like to thank the judging panel for recognising us with this award and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

    “Deeley Group will continue to engage with our supply chain to add social value wherever possible on our projects across the Midlands.”

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